Spotted: Crusty Caddy

How did this car get this rusty?

Spotted in Bigfork, Montana, this extremely rusty Cadillac DeVille Phaeton has absolutely terrifying levels of oxidation. I don't know how huge swathes of bodywork have given way to pitted and corroded holes, but it has.

Between the mismatched wheels, hand welded brush guard, and giant chunks of missing metal, it's genuinely shocking that the rubber body colored spacers between the taillights and the metal body haven't fallen out. They're known to shrink and expand with the temperature and will fall right out of their hole

The actual pattern of the rust puzzles me. Obviously there are huge swathes of iron oxide where the vinyl roof trapped water for many years, but what's up with the gaping holes on the upper edges of the doors? Are those bullet holes?

What's the rustiest vehicle you've ever seen still on the road? This terrible, terrible Cadillac has to take the cake for me.

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  • There’s a car by my church that looks almost like it’s made of rust, it’s quite old looking as well. I’ve never seen it move from its spot

      2 months ago
    • I've seen some heaps of rust vaguely shaped like cars like this Renault 4CV I saw but this takes the cake for actually driving around.

        2 months ago
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    • The patina is about as striking but that's a vastly different kind of rust, one I'm more familiar with. The kind where the sun scorches the paint off and slight surface oxidation builds up. The rust I saw comes from under the paint. It always...

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        2 months ago
  • I assumed the odo had gone around until we sold it and had to dig up paperwork and figured out was on its first time around.

      2 months ago
  • Snow salt, ocean spray, …brine

      2 months ago
    • I think this car has to have spent some time parked by the ocean because the pattern of the rust is so inconsistent. It's not like the common salt induced rust pattern failures I see (ie GMT 400 trucks and their Bluetooth bed sides). Good eye....

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        2 months ago
  • My chuch had a '84 Ford van that only had 70,000 miles but body was bouncing on the frame due to sitting outside. It was only 11 years old.

      2 months ago
    • I've seen a newer Ford van with sides that were flapping away from the rest of the body. But in so few miles that is truly impressive.

        2 months ago
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